Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Onoway, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 until the present I have provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Saturday, December 24, 2011


The photo above is part of a ceramic nativity created by Judy's aunt, Sally Hippard. This has been part of our Christmas for over 25 years. It reminds me of the reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior. But as a genealogist, it also reminds me of the warm, talented, and generous woman (and fellow genealogist) who made it with her own hands and gave it to us to enjoy. Maybe she intended it to do both.



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Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a wonderful 2012!
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Installing a Built-in Dishwasher
When Judy and I built this house with my brother Lloyd's help in 1977-1978 we did not build in a dish washer. It wasn't even on the radar screen, so to speak. Since then, Judy and I have had two portable dishwashers, but in our small kitchen they always seemed to get in the way. This time I decided it was time to install a built-in dishwasher. It involved removing a section of counter, cutting the cupboards, installing electrical power, a drain and a hot water line. The work was spread over perhaps two weeks, but we finally finished on the 16th! In the photo you see an early stage of the process. The hole has been cut and the dishwasher is placed in the hole, but nothing is connected. It looks very similar now except that everything is functioning and the missing panels are in place.

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Over-Programmed!
I have been very busy during these past few months, with trips into Edmonton every Tues, Wed, Thur, and Sat. A talk at church cautioned parents about over-programming the lives of their children. I turned to Judy and said, "I have over-programmed myself. I need some free time!"  So, starting in mid December I eliminated the Tues. trip. In January I will eliminate the Wed. trip. I will still be busy, but I like to be busy, and it will now be manageable.  I love serving in FamilySearch Support and in the Family History Center and in the Edmonton Temple, and I will continue to do these things, but at a more enjoyable pace.